If you think you can skip breakfast to lose weight, think again.

The truth is, you might actually gain.

Nutrition experts are confirming what our moms always knew – a healthy breakfast refuels your body and mind so you can function at your peak (without that ravenous mid-morning slump).

And scientific studies have shown breakfast may be a key to weight loss:

  • Breakfast is a daily habit for many people who’ve lost weight and keep it off long-term. An analysis of the National Weight Control Registry – a study of more than 5,000 people maintaining at least a 30-pound weight loss for a year or more – showed 78 percent eat breakfast daily and nearly 90 percent eat it on most days.
  • Those who skip breakfast crave higher-calorie foods later in the day. This from a brain-imaging study by Imperial College London and reported by WebMD. Study participants who ate breakfast were equally attracted to healthy food choices hours later.
  • Women who ate breakfast had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who skip breakfast. These results were found among adults examined for a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • People who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories over the entire day than those who skip breakfast. These findings came from a study of 900 adults by a psychology professor at the University of Texas. The study’s conclusion: breakfast is so satisfying it may keep you from overindulging later.

Crunched for time in the morning? Consider the minute it takes to grab a whole-grain Uncle Wally’s Smart Portion muffin and a handful of nuts, a low-fat yogurt and a piece of fruit, some peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers and an apple, or a hard-boiled egg and a banana. You get the idea.

Our best advice: Pass this information along to friends and family, but don’t pass on breakfast!